Montana State University

Host families needed for visiting Japanese students

June 7, 2017 -- MSU News Service

A group of high school students from Okinawa participate in leadership training on the MSU campus last summer. Photo by Josh Iverson courtesy of MSU Office of International Programs.

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University’s Office of International Programs is seeking hosts for two-week homestays for 30 high school students from Okinawa, Japan while the students participate in MSU’s Okinawa Global Leadership Program.  

The program provides the students with an opportunity to improve their English skills; understand American culture; prepare for participation at academic conferences in English-speaking countries, including giving presentations in English; develop their leadership skills; build self-confidence; and facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.

In an effort to bolster cultural immersion and provide opportunities for strong language development during their time in Bozeman, participants will stay with local families during the program, according to Makiko Diehl with the MSU Office of International Programs.

Additionally, Bozeman High School student ambassadors will assist participants with homework, participate in various activities and share cultural experiences. Program participants will also enjoy leisure and cultural activities, including a visit to the world-famous Museum of the Rockies and a day trip to Yellowstone National Park.

There will be financial compensation of $25 per student, per night to offset housing costs for host families.

For more information, contact Diehl at (406) 994-7944 or

More information about the MSU Office of International Programs’ Training and Special Programs Division is available on the OIP’s website.

Contact: Makiko Diehl, Office of International Programs, (406) 994-7944 or